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National Summary


Cold this afternoon with sunny spells and scattered heavy wintry showers of rain, hail and sleet, and above 1000 feet, snow. Isolated thunderstorms also. Maximum temperatures of 4 to 8 degrees in light westerly breezes.


Tonight, showers will gradually retreat to the Atlantic coastal fringes. Cold with frost and icy patches and lowest temperatures of -1 to +2 degrees. A band of rain and sleet will move down from the northwest over Connacht and Ulster towards dawn.


On Tuesday morning, outbreaks of rain and sleet will extend southeastwards, followed by sunny spells and just scattered showers during the afternoon. The showers will merge to longer spells of rain at times in Ulster and north Connacht, with the driest and brightest weather tomorrow afternoon expected across Munster. Blustery with fresh to strong and gusty west to northwest winds. Top temperatures of 7 to 9 degrees, but feeling colder due to wind chill.


Cold and unsettled weather through the week.Tuesday night will be cold with showers for a time, but becoming mainly dry, with frost developing as temperatures fall to between -1 and + 2 degrees Celsius. Rain will spread in to the southwest and south later in the night.Wednesday: Dry and bright in northern areas at first, but rain (heavy in places) will spread gradually northwards during the day, falling as sleet in midland and northern areas with possibly some snow on higher ground in northern and northwestern areas in the evening. Afternoon highs of 6 to 8 degrees Celsius with light winds at first, but a freshening westerly later. Further showery rain or sleet overnight with patchy frost where cloud breaks. Thursday will be mostly cloudy with rain or showers in most areas at times. The rain may become persistent on the south coast in the evening. Highest temperatures of 6 to 10 degrees with moderate west to southwest breezes. On Thursday night, Frost will develop, mainly over the northern half of the country. Thursday: Rather cloudy and cold with showers in many areas and more persistent rain for a time in southern counties. Highest temperatures will range from 6 degrees in the north to 9 or 10 degrees Celsius in parts of the south. Frosty overnight, especially in midland and northern areas.Friday will bring further spells of rain or showers, heaviest in Munster and Leinster. Parts of the northwest may escape with very little rain. Highest temperatures of 6 to 9 degrees. Next weekend will continue cold and unsettled with further rain or showers at times.

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Coastal Reports

Malin Head Automatic

West, 9 Knots, Cloudy, 7 Miles, 980, Steady

Dublin Airport

West, 10 Knots, Recent rain shower, 24 Miles, 981, Steady

Buoy M5 51° 41'N 6° 42'W

West, 21 Knots, Wave ht: 3.7 m, The visibility at Tuskar is greater than 10 Miles, Pressure not available, Pressure tendency not available

Roches Point Automatic

West, 13 Knots, Gust 27 Knots, Rain shower, 4 Miles, 983, Steady

Sherkin Island Automatic

West, 17 Knots, Gust 29 Knots, Recent shower, 12 Miles, 984, Rising slowly

Valentia Automatic

Northwest, 13 Knots, Gust 28 Knots, Fair, 16 Miles, 985, Rising slowly

Mace Head Automatic

West, 16 Knots, Fair, 10 Miles, 982, Rising slowly

Belmullet Automatic

South-Southwest, 3 Knots, Cloudy, 8 Miles, 981, Rising slowly

Buoy M2 53° 29'N, 5° 26'W

South-Southwest, 5 Knots, Wave ht:0.7 m, 981, Steady

Buoy M3 51° 13'N, 10° 33'W

Report not available

Buoy M4 55° 0'N 10° 0'W

North-Northwest, 13 Knots, Wave height not available, 980, Steady

Buoy M6 53° 4'N 15° 56'W

Northwest, 17 Knots, Gust 27 Knots, Wave ht: 7.5 m, 987, Steady

Sea Area Forecast

Sea Area Forecast untill 1800 Tuesday 28 February 2017 Issued at 1800 Monday 27 February 2017

Meteorological Situation at 1500: A cold unstable westerly airflow over Ireland will veer northwesterly overnight and strengthen. A small depression (975hPa) will track from the west of Scotland down to the north Irish Sea tomorrow. This will move on towards Denmark Tuesday night followed by a weak ridge of high pressure over Ireland. An occluding front will move in from the southwest over Ireland on Wednesday.

Forecast for Irish coastal waters from Mizen Head to Slyne Head to Malin Head:

Wind: Northwesterly force 5 at first between Mizen Head and Valentia otherwise variable or westerly force 2 to 4. Increasing west to northwest force 6 and gusty overnight and further increasing force 7 to gale force 8 Tuesday morning and reaching strong gale force 9 for a time between Erris Head and Malin Head. Gradually decreasing Tuesday afternoon and evening north to northwest force 4 or 5.

Weather: Squally wintry showers/isolated thunderstorms.

Visibility: Poor in showers otherwise good.

Forecast for Irish coastal waters from Malin Head to Carnsore Point to Mizen Head and the Irish Sea:

Wind: Westerly or variable force 3. Increasing to force 4 overnight. Further increasing west to northwest force 6 gusting to force 7

Weather: Squally wintry showers this evening. Rain extending from north overnight.

Visibility: Moderate to poor in precipitation otherwise good.

Outlook for a further 24 hours until 1800 Wednesday 01 March 2017: Fresh west to northwest winds decreasing light variable. Increasing near gale to gale force westerly on coasts from Carnsore Point to Mizen Head to Loop Head and possibly strong gale. Showers then fair. Rain extending from the southwest later.

Weather Warnings

Gale Warning

Northwesterly gales will develop Tuesday morning on Irish Coastal Waters from Mizen Head to Slyne Head to Malin Head with strong gales for a time between Erris Head and Malin Head.

Small Craft Warning

West to northwest winds will reach force 6 or higher overnight on Irish coasts from Mizen Head to Slyne Head to Malin Head and on all coasts during daytime Tuesday.